MCR Student Social (BID/CITYCO)

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The MCR Student Social welcomes Manchester’s thousands of freshers, and returning students, into the city centre each year.

Manchester BID works in partnership with Manchester Arndale to host the shopping extravaganza. The event is planned to showcase the BID’s retail offer, in support of our business community.

The event is aimed at Greater Manchester’s 100,000+ strong student population from Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and Manchester College.

MCR Student Social 2022: Thursday 29th September

We were delighted our 2022 Freshers event brought so many Manchester students into the heart of the city centre. Footfall was up:

+48% on Market Street, +36% city wide v LY
+27% on Market Street, +29% city wide v LW

Many thanks to all who came down, our media partner The Manc Group, and every BID and CityCo member business that took part. A great day.

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“MCR Student Social is back this year and bigger than ever, offering huge discounts and amazing experiences. Make the most of over 120 unmissable offers in the Arndale and stores across the city centre on Thursday 29 September between 12pm and 7pm, as well as live entertainment, competitions, games and more!

Enjoy up to 30% off in over 120 stores including; Levi’s, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, River Island, Monki, Pretty Green, Mango, Superdry, Kick Game, Jack & Jones, Office and Schuh. Plus, up to 50% off food, drink and leisure, including; The Cube and Putters at Urban Playground, Döner Shack, Archie’s, Pizza Hut, Pan-n-Ice, Wolf Italian Street Food and Slim Chickens.

On top of incredible deals, there’ll be plenty of free entertainment to enjoy throughout the Arndale and city centre too.

Head inside Manchester Arndale and spin the wheel at the ‘Student Digs’ for a chance to win big and small prizes that are perfect for your new home, with everything from toilet roll to gift cards. Next, challenge your mates to a nerves-of steel ‘Giant Human Buzzer’ game – loser gets to put the bin out for a month! Keep your eye out for the ‘Roaming Roulette’ team too, where you’ll need to stick your hand in the roulette box and guess what the weird and wonderful textures are to take home more prizes.

Visit Market Street where you’ll find aerial performers, dancers, a DJ truck and chillout area in the Party Zone, grab a slice of free pizza from Franco Manca and win prizes from Barburrito in the Food Zone, and take on challenges from Mate Bike and King Street Gym in the Info Zone. Plus, try your hand at Foam Axe Throwing, Printworks Pong, Crazy Golf and Virtual Bowling in Exchange Square’s Play Zone.

There’ll be loads happening inside stores too. Find live DJs in Schuh, Decent Cut, Urban Playground, Morphe and more. Win prizes or get goody bags in the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Decent Cut, Lush, Ryman and Supercuts.”

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